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Bill Anderson

June 16, 1969 OH279 48 min.


Country performer and songwriter. Born November 1, 1937. Full name James William Anderson III. Songwriter, recording artist, and television host. Known as “Whisperin’ Bill” for his distinctive vocal style. His songwriting credits include “City Lights” (recorded by Ray Price, 1958; Mickey Gilley, 1974), and “Saginaw, Michigan” (recorded by Lefty Frizzell, 1964). Also wrote several of his own hit songs, including “Mama Sang A Song,” “Still,” and “Po’ Folks.” Member, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. Member, Country Music Hall of Fame®.

Interview Summary

1969 June 16
(48 minutes)
Performer Bill Anderson talks about his career in country music. Discussion includes a brief family history; his early musical influences; his guitar playing; the development of his singing style; his early performances; his first recording session; his first tours; performers he worked with, including George Morgan and Roger Miller; working with Owen Bradley, Buddy Killen, and Hubert Long; his early hits; the effect of his entertainment career on his personal life; his work in television; the most rewarding part of his career; and comments on the changes he sees in country music.

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